Elliot Costello encountered a young girl named Thea during his travels through Cambodia, alongside a group of fellow travelers. Little did Elliot know that this chance meeting would profoundly impact him, compelling him to embark on a mission to combat the sexual abuse of minors.
Thea, whose small nails were meticulously painted every day, engaged Elliot in conversation and even requested that he paint one of his nails. Initially delighted by the interaction with the talkative girl, Elliot later discovered that she had been a victim of sexual assault.
“As she painted one of my nails, I assured her I would always keep it that way to remember her and, by extension, her suffering,” shared Elliot.
This poignant encounter motivated Elliot to address and transform men’s attitudes, aiming to reduce the prevalence of child sexual abuse. Thus, he initiated the #PolishedMan movement, where men symbolically paint one nail to represent the one in five children worldwide who endure sexual assault.
The #PolishedMan movement strives to end sexual violence against children, challenging violent behaviors and language on both local and global scales. Elliot, recognizing that men are responsible for 96% of such violence against children globally, believes they should play a pivotal role in driving reform to end the abuse of vulnerable children.
The painted nail serves not only as a visual reminder of the pervasive issue of child abuse but also as a catalyst for discussions and the development of new preventive strategies. Additionally, Elliot encourages people to make donations supporting educational programs and resources for child survivors of abuse.
The hope is that more individuals, including influential figures, will join this cause. Please share this article with your family and friends on Facebook to raise awareness and support the mission to end the abuse of defenseless children.